We have had three great months of rain and warm autumn weather which has given us perfect growing conditions out on the golf course. We were cutting the greens at 3mm during the summer period, in preparation for the coming winter months we have raised the height cut to 5mm. The stimp meter readings have continued to be at an average speed of 9.6 throughout the late summer and autumn period, recently the stimp readings have dropped to low 8’s.
Winter rules (or preferred lies) are now in effect due to worm casts on the fairways. Unfortunately, as of September 2017, there are no chemical controls for casting earthworms approved for use on golf courses, leaving greenkeepers with a dilemma as to how to combat them, now there are no chemicals we can use to stop the worms appearing. This will be an ongoing issue for all golf clubs in the UK. Unfortunately for many golf courses, there is no effective way of managing worm casts. It is important that golfers understand this and exercise patience as the greenkeeping team seeks to reduce the impact as much as possible.
On Monday the 16th October we received on hire an Air 2G2 machine, shown below. This machine pumps compressed air into the green surface. The air is pumped down to a depth of 12 inches and released into the soil which creates little cracks in the compact soil. This will aid drainage during the wetter winter months.
Work on the 12th temporary tee is now complete, the grass has taken well and if and when required we will be using this tee during wet periods in the winter. After completing the 12th tee we moved our attention to the 6th temporary tee. We have taken out the old matt and metal frame and moved several tonnes of earth to create a flat playing surface and will be turfing the area very soon. Work has temporally stopped due to the wet weather; at the first opportunity, we will turf this area.
Please note when this winter tee is in operation it will be extremely dangerous to try and hit a ball over the corner of the copse and may I ask golfers to not do this as it puts golfers on the 5th tee and 7th tee in danger .
We plan to bring in all temporary tee mats over the next few weeks, give them a pressure wash and tidy them up. Any mats that are not needed we are going to look at completely removing from the course.
White lines have been sprayed at the front of the greens, these lines are to stop buggies and trollies from being taken too close to the green. We hope that diverting the flow of traffic will keep the areas close to the green in good condition.
Please may I take the opportunity to remind all golfers to use divot boxes on the tees and repair pitch marks that are made on the greens. If every golfer could repair at least two pitch marks per green I would be very thankful.